Santa Fe Homeowner Uses Warning Shot To Dissuade Burglar

January 9 2015
by Sam Cadle
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While I am not always an advocate for warning shots, it appears that a homeowner in Santa Fe, NM was able to scare off a burglar by firing a shot into the ground.

The subject fled the scene and was caught nearby on the streets and was charged with multiple crimes. According to local media:

SANTA FE — Santa Fe police say a homeowner fired a warning shot into the ground to scare off a suspected burglary, leading to the arrest of a woman on suspicion of burglary and other crimes.

The arrest occurred Sunday afternoon near the home where the homeowner fired the shot after a woman allegedly broke a window and armed herself with a piece of glass.

Lt. Andrea Dobyns says 32-year-old Erica Duran was arrested on a nearby street on suspicion of aggravated burglary, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, possession of drug paraphernalia, concealing her identity and criminal damage.

It’s not clear whether she has an attorney.

This incident is the one of the most common types of defensive gun uses. That is, one in which no one was killed. Despite this being one of the most common types of defensive gun uses, these incidents are often not included in statistics about defensive gun uses. Many of these statistics and studies focus solely on justifiable homicides, which represent only a fraction of total defensive gun uses.


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